Everybody poops. There’s even a book on it. As with many other perfectly normal bodily functions, pooping is not something that people want to talk about with just anyone. This can be problematic if there is constipation (trouble passing bowel movements); one may be too embarrassed to tell anyone, even a doctor.
Are you having trouble pooping? If you want to avoid the hassle of appointments and the embarrassment of speaking to a medical professional, there are some home remedies that can help keep you regular. Before you get too worked up, however, it’s important to understand what constipation is.
While constipation is the term used to describe when an individual is having trouble passing bowel movements, there is quite a bit of range involved concerning regular bowel movements. The fact is that some people tend to have more frequent bowel movements, while others have less. What is constipation for one person may be a normal number of bowel movements for another. Constipation doesn’t just deal with frequency either; it could also be a matter of feeling like there is more waste to pass or incomplete evacuation of feces. Other side effects may include gas and bloating.
Generally, trouble pooping is related to the level of fiber in your diet and the amount of water that you drink. Fiber adds bulk to stool, making it more solid and manageable for the digestive system. Water, on the other hand, keeps the digestive tract moist, and this lubrication can facilitate regular, strain-free bowel movements. Following these two habits up will lead to better bowel movements overall, but there are also many other things that you can do in the short term to facilitate easier pooping if you end up having some trouble dropping your logs off.
Timing Is Everything
Above all else, it is important to keep in mind that there is a time to poop. Generally, it is best to go when the urge is present, rather than putting it off. Likewise, it is important that whatever you do, you do not spend too much time on the toilet trying to poop. This is especially true if you find yourself straining to push the poop out. Straining may cause injury or other conditions such as hemorrhoids. Consider your body’s rhythm. Chances are, you have a bowel movement about the same time each day. There’s a reason for this.
Use Hot Drinks
A hot drink may get your digestive tract moving; this is especially the case if the beverage in question is coffee. This is due to a phenomenon called peristalsis, which is essentially the movement of muscles controlling the digestive tract. They flex and relax in a way that moves the contents of your digestive system along, making it easier to get to the grand finale. While any hot beverage will do, it is thought that certain compounds in coffee strengthen the effect of peristalsis, activating a much stronger movement. Coffee is also a diuretic, meaning it will help you pee too.
Again, timing is everything. You don’t want to drink your coffee right before you sit down on the toilet to try and pass a bowel movement. Instead, have coffee or another hot beverage with your breakfast, one that ideally includes fiber (whole grains are an excellent source) and probiotics. Both of these will also help bowel movements. Try to eat and drink about a half hour before you intend to use the toilet, as this will give the coffee time to get your system working on expelling waste.